As you might imagine, I get lots of submissions to this blog from PR folks wanting a post or a link to something zomb-ish they’ve created to highlight a client’s product or service. Most of the time I don’t post them, simply because they’re not clever or well done. But this chart from the American Battery Council (ABC) is cause for an exception! As post-apocalyptic fiction fans know, the value of batteries in an undead outbreak cannot be overemphasized. This chart supplies some interesting uses for batteries that I’d never before considered. And some that I had. (I’ve long-said a moat filled with battery acid would be the best zombie defense, period!) Have a look:
Good job, American Battery Council PR person! Huzzah!
Been a while since I rapped at ya. Final edits and setch.
Here’s a tentative cover for Zombie, Indiana. The black clouds at the top are particularly ominous and appropriate. I like!
Look for it in bookstores on May 6, 2014, or preorder it now!
Here’s a new Kickstarter for History’s Undead– a series of motivational posters with quotes from great personages and accompanying zombie imagery.
I like it!
This weekend I got to meet two of my all-time zombie heroes, the legendary James Karen and Allan Trautman! If you read this blog, you’ve seen that I consider their performances in Return of the Living Dead to be the finest acting in any zombie film, ever.
James was super-cool and joked with me. (I hope I’m as quick and funny when I’m 89.) I totally gushed and tried– in just a few seconds– to tell him what his body of creative work had meant to me as someone who also works in the genere of humorous horror and zombies. His wife was with him– they were both totally sweet people– and when they found out I was a writer, she walked me around the convention floor trying to introduce me to some other journalists there. (I was thinking: “James Karen’s wife is trying to introduce me to people. Holy heck this is amazing!”)
Then I spoke briefly with Allan Trautman, who was likewise totally humble and very awesome. I told him how important and iconic I thought the Tarman Zombie was, and how his physical incarnation and zombie-movement had influenced the entire genre, be it movies/TV, comics, or novels. He was gracious and super-cool.
This really meant a lot to me, since Return of the Living Dead has been such a central influence on my own creative work. And, moreover, is just a kickass zombie movie!
Anyhow, here are some more photos of me and Mr. Karen:
Cinespect asked me to write something about my favorite zombie film, Return of the Living Dead, for their “31 Days of Horror” feature.
Click here to take a look at Cinespect.com.
Here’s the video from our 2013 Comic Con San Diego panel…
I was honored to participate on the “Zombies in Popular Culture” panel at Comic Con San Diego on Thursday. In addition to me, the panelists included Max Brooks, Matt Mogk, Steve Schlozman, Brad Voytek, Aaron Sagers, and Jonathan James.
Here are some photos. (Click to embiggen.)
Our panel! (L-R = Aaron, Steve, Me, Max, Jonathan, Brad, Matt)
Steve and Aaron enjoy a spirited discussion while I take a picture…
This zombie-proof car was on display on the main floor.
Zombie books seemed to be everywhere.
Zombies were in Petco Park too, apparently…